“Only His Way”
By Zach Wood
As I’ve studied some of the Proverbs for my sermons and also for personal devotional times, this passage has always stuck out to me. Why? Because I see myself practicing this problem daily. It’s not that I intentionally try to go my own way. I don’t start my prayer time with God each day and say, “Okay Lord, I’m gonna do my own thing, so step out of the way, please!”
We would probably think that ridiculous to pray like that and tell God we’re gonna live life the way we want to. I think we would all truly desire to live the way God wants us to live. However, we are human flesh and we fall to temptations every single day. I know my day is full of temptations. I have temptations to divert my attention away from work that needs to be done each day. I have temptations to focus my attention on things other than family when they need me.
There’s not one of us who doesn’t struggle each day with being distracted. If we didn’t deal with distractions and temptations, we wouldn’t be human.
I think my problem is that I have ideas and ways that I think will go well and, many times, I don’t ask God for His direction and I just go about my merry little way. I look at something or a situation and ideas start running through my mind. Sometimes, I don’t see things in a clear way and I just think I do. I want to do my own thing and go my own way as I see fit. In a way, I’m telling God, “Alright, Lord, I got this one! I’ll consult You on the next round!”
We would be very wise to heed God’s direction in everything we do. This proverb is important for us to take notice of. There is a way that seems right to us, but we must be wise and go to God and allow Him to lead our way, even if our way seems right. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We desperately need His way to be shown to us, not our own way.
Only through His way will we really succeed. Through our own ways and understanding, we could very well eventually be led to our own death. We would be wise to heed His direction. A lot of ways “seem” right to us, but God sees the bigger picture.